A bright impression of nature inspired Johannes Brahms to the main theme of the first movement of his horn trio in E flat major. That, at least, is what Albert Dietrich related, to whom Brahms showed the site of inspiration on a walk “close to Baden-Baden on the tree-covered hills between the firs”: “[…] as I came to this spot, the sun began to shine and the theme suddenly emerged” – a dreamy music that continuously circles raptly around the same notes, above a rhythmic ostinato. The following Scherzo takes up the romantic topos of the distant horn sound, at the beginning of which the approaching hunting party is still barely audible. After a melancholy Adagio which, according to Max Kalbeck, Brahms composed to commemorate the death of his mother, the work ends with a rousing Finale that once again takes up the hunting theme.
Daishin Kashimot, who stays in for Leonidas Kavakos, Kirill Gerstein, who gave his acclaimed debut at the Philharmonic concerts in April 2016 (“a breath-taking virtuoso” said Andreas Göbel on rbb kulturradio) and Stefan Dohr, principal horn of the Philharmoniker, take on Brahms’s romantic masterpiece in this “Duo Plus”. With the support of Philharmonic principal players Amihai Grosz (viola) and Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Brahms’s First Piano Quartet follows after the interval: a work whose expressive tensions in its first three movements are released in the closing Rondo. In it the composer picked up the tradition of the swirling Zingarese finales dating back to Haydn, writing music that offers csárdás allusions, perpetuum mobile episodes, trio serenades and a cymbalom cadenza including a final stretta. The concert will kick off with Kirill Gerstein and principal oboist Albrecht Mayer playing Robert Schumann’s atmospheric Three Romances for oboe and piano op. 94.
In this concert, Daishin Kashimoto will stand in for Leonidas Kavakos who recently suffered a very close family bereavement which has been compounded by the loss of a close friend. He regrets he will be cancelling all concerts in June in order to spend this necessary time with his family.